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Dog Training Tips, Help, and Techniques

Updated on October 3, 2008
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Whitney has over 10 years of experience in dog training, rescuing and dog healthcare.

Dog Training

Dog training should begin the day that you bring home your new dog or puppy. Training is probably the most important key to living happily with your new dog.

Dog training can 1) save your dog's life and 2) make your life less hectic.

Simple commands such as 'leave it' can stop your dog from grabbing medicines or various objects that may potentially cause a trip to the emergency clinic. The 'wait' or 'stay' command can prevent your dog from moving further and running in the street; depending on which command you want to use, 'wait' or 'stay' your dog may have to sit or lay in that spot without moving or just not move any further forward.

By having a well behaved dog who listens on command, you will more than likely include the dog in more family outings and adventures; the dog will more than likely be less likely to misbehave, which will make your life easier. Usually, you will not have to yell at the dog, which is more pleasant to your dog and your neighbors.

Having a well trained and socialized dog, is a benefit to everyone around you and your pet. So, you may want to consider some of the following tips and tricks for training your dog.

Training Sit

Dog Training Tips

By understanding the 4 basic rules to training a puppy, or dog, you'll be ensured successful dog training.

There are different types of reinforcement training that you can enforce when training your dog. Generally, the best is positive reinforcement training, but occasionally you will use negative reinforcement to increase the likelihood that a behavior will repeat.

Clicker training is a form of positive reinforcement that is classified as a conditioned reinforcer. I've found that clicker training works on a variety of animals and is probably the most effective training technique.

Although, punishment was once the method of choice for training dogs and other animals, it's been proven not to be the best training method by any means. There are a number of downfalls to using punishment to train your dog.

Shy dogs and dogs with fears can be hard to train. You need to first find out what causes your dog's fears and timidness. Next, follow these tips to training your dog.

When training your dog, you want to make sure that you have all the right tools and attire. Although, your dog doesn't care what you're wearing, your clothes can make training easier for you.

When training, you want to make sure that you know and understand the different types of signals, how to use them, and how to fade them out of the picture.

Basic Obedience

Basic obedience is probably the most important thing that you can teach you dog. In part 1, teach your dog his name, how to walk on the leash, settle, leave it, and give.

In part 2, learn tips to teaching your dog sit, down, stay, wait, and come. These simple commands can potentially save your dog's life. Imagine when you open your front door, you can give your dog the wait command to prevent him from taking off into the road.

Stealing a Bingo Chip

Dog Problem Behaviors

How can you fix your dog's behavioral problems? Well, first you need to identify the problem; then follow the tips outlined here so that you can correct those problem behaviors.

Find tips for untraining the bad behaviors and replacing them with good, pleasant behaviors. A better behaved dog will be a larger part of your family; he will be allowed more privileges, and he will be given larger rewards.

A great way to help untrain an old behavior, especially one of destructive chewing, is by using a taste deterrent spray. Check out these tips to purchasing and using the chew deterrents.

Destructive chewing and digging are probably the most common behavior concerns that drives pet owners crazy. They're probably two of the common excuses as to why a dog has been surrendered to a shelter. Find out why your dog is destroying your home- inside and out- and ways to prevent the behavior problems.

Find out more information towards destructive digging. Why is your dog is digging holes in your yard? Where is he digging? How can you prevent or train your dog from digging up the yard?

If you have a dog who likes to escape your house or yard, you may want to check out the reasons why and a few training tips.

Do you have a dog, or puppy, that is constantly running off with your shoes, newspaper, or socks? Find tips to training your dog not to steal your things.

Agility Training

Before you can start training dog agility, you'll need to make sure to understand and be familiar with the different types of agility equipment.

When training dog agility, I've found that a mix of target training and clicker training seems to be the most effective training methods. You'll need to find the most effective way to train your dog agility- whether you plan on running the course for fun or competition.

What are the faults in dog agility? Basic rules. Etc. Find out the basics dog to the dog agility course.

Dog Tricks

Teach your dog cute tricks that with help to increase the cuteness factor and bring the two of you together by more training time. In part one, you'll learn the basics for teaching your dog how to wave, spin, and get his leash.

In part 2, you'll learn how to teach your dog how to put away his toys, sit pretty, and say he's sorry. Come up with more cute tricks that you can teach your dog.


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    • Angela Harris profile image

      Angela Harris 

      10 years ago from Around the USA

      What a comprehensive listing of dog training resources, Whitney! This is an excellent example of arranging hubs by subject. I hope it brings a lot of additional traffic for you.

    • Eileen Hughes profile image

      Eileen Hughes 

      10 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Very good hub which you have virtually everything covered.

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      10 years ago

      Thanks for the great advice, though for me a bit belated. I was wondering if you have any suggestions as to why an older dog might suddenly begin barking non-stop all night and what to do about it? I am getting a bit whacked with no sleep. Last night it was midnight and then 4am. I have to admit I finally shut her up with half a Benedryl, which my vet had suggested for her allergies awhile back. I don't want to keep this up. She sleeps in a kennel in the basement next to her buddy Herschel who has his own kennel. He doesn't bark all night.


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